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NatCen to assess influence of research on teaching practice

28 February 2014 | Tags: education, research, education practice

NatCen Social Research has been commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation in collaboration with the ESRC to assess whether schools in England use educational research and how this informs their teaching practice.

NatCen Social Research has been commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in collaboration with the ESRC to assess whether schools in England use educational research and how this informs their teaching practice.

NatCen will ask Head Teachers and members of senior leadership teams in 800 primary and secondary schools about their awareness and use of research evidence, including:

  • The extent to which research evidence is used by schools in making decisions, such as around pupil premium spending;
  • How evidence feeds into the use of technology like tablets and mobile devices in teaching;
  • The barriers to implementing evidence-based approaches to teaching;
  • Awareness and use of the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

The study will also include a series of follow-up interviews with staff that explore the findings of the survey in more depth.

Dr. Jane O'Brien, Director of Children & Young People commented: “Researchers carry out lots of work on schools and teaching practice yet we don’t know very much about whether teachers keep up to date with and use research, or how we can make it appropriate to them. The findings from this study will enhance understanding of how schools access, use and implement research and should ultimately help improve the impact of educational research on teaching practice and how research findings are presented and disseminated.”

ENDS

For more information contact Leigh Marshall: leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk 0207 549 8506 / 0782 803 1850.

Notes to editors

NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone.

The Education Endowment Foundation is a charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust, with a Department for Education grant of £125m. It is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £37.4 million to 72 projects working with over 500,000 pupils in over 2,300 schools across England.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC's total budget for 2012/13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.